So I’ve started reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – and I can’t believe I’ve never read this book before. I have found the most perfect paragraph in all of literature:
One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It’s a nice day, or You’re very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behavior. If human beings don’g keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months’ consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favor of a new one. If they don’t keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working. After a while he abandoned this one as well as being obstructively cynical and decided he quite liked human beings after all, but he always remained desperately worried about the terrible number of things they didn’t know about.
I’m pretty sure this is the most accurate, most nuanced, and perfectly phrased paragraph that I have ever read. This is my exact view of the the human race as well, Ford Prefect.